Smart Transport Networks
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Smart Transport Networks

Market Structure, Sustainability and Decision Making

Edited by Thomas Vanoutrive and Ann Verhetsel

Transport is debated by many, and liberalization processes, transport policy, transport and climate change and increased competition between transport modes are the subject of heated discussion. Smart Transport Networks illustrates that whether concerning road, water, rail or air, knowledge on the structure of transport markets is crucial in order to tackle transport issues. The book therefore explores key factors concerning the structure of transport markets, their environmental impact, and questions why decision makers often fail to tackle transport-related problems.
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Chapter 8: Modelling the extended gateway concept in port hinterland container logistics

Market Structure, Sustainability and Decision Making

Fedele Iannone


Port hinterland container logistics is the process of planning, organizing and controlling the multimodal flows of maritime containers and the irrelated information between gateway seaports and inland locations. It also includes the planning, design, implementation and organization of public and private infrastructure, as well as regulatory issues affecting the competitiveness and sustainability of distribution operations. Optimization of port hinterland container logistics is crucial to meet rising international trade demand and the challenges related to sustainable development. Inefficient hinterland connections undermine the competitiveness both of seaports and of the wider regional logistics and productive systems the seaports belong to, while leading to increased internal and external costs of supply chains. The steady growth in container traffic worldwide is putting great pressure on maritime terminals and port hinterland networks, particularly road networks surrounding the major port cities. A critical challenge many container ports are currently facing is the congestion due to insufficient storage space, long dwell times and poor inland transport. This generates a need for innovative landside intermodal distribution solutions essentially based on the combination of different transport modes and interchange nodes.

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